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EXPOSED: Posh car seized in tax evasion scandal belongs to city MP’s wife

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A luxury car impounded last week by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) belongs to the wife of a city MP.

The Mercedes Benz GLA 200 was seized last week for tax evasion in what DCI said was part of an organized scheme.

It is registered under the name of Cynthia Wanjiru Gitonga, the wife of Embakasi West MP George Theuri.

Police say the car was declared as a semi-trailer that was manufactured at a fictitious company in Mombasa and had evaded paying the appropriate tax duty.

The MP has been regularly sighted driving the Mercedes Benz registration number KCR 565 W during tours in his constituency.

Mr Theuri has however distanced himself and his wife from claims that they evaded paying tax, claiming that he bought the car last year in a showroom.

In a phone interview with Nairobi News, Mr Theuri said the car was a birthday gift to his wife

“Yes, I gave the vehicle to my wife as a gift. But the truth is I bought it in a show room,” said Mr Theuri.

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He did not specify the showroom where he purchased the car, but said that he did a motor vehicle search before purchase and everything was done above board.

The MP had presented the car to his wife last year in a birthday party filled with fanfare that was also shared on his social media platforms.

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Man’s awkward apology to wife after she finds his shaming post about her wedding dress

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Some women have dreamt of their wedding day since they were little girls and will do anything they can to make sure it’s exactly as they always wanted.

But for one bride-to-be, it wasn’t money or family fallouts standing in the way of her dream wedding – but her future husband.

The countdown to this couple’s summer wedding should have been exciting, but things started to go south when the groom refused to fork out the Sh132,000 (£1,000) his fiancé needed for her dream dress.

The man turned to Reddit hoping for some advice, but his post made things much, much worse.

He’s accused her of “acting like a toddler throwing a tantrum over a sparkly toy she can’t have” – and unsurprisingly it hasn’t gone down well.

They had both saved Sh1,016,000 (£7,689) towards the big day and spent a reasonable Sh 406,000 (£3,075) on rest of the wedding plans.

But things came crashing down when the groom suggested buying a Sh 5000 (£38) dress online.

He writes: “I know everything is more expensive when it has the term wedding attached to it what I wasn’t expecting was a Sh 95,900 ($950) dress plus Sh 12,115 ($120) veil” – that’s around Sh 109,000 (£822).

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With the average wedding dress costing Sh165,765 (£1,254) in the USA and Sh 183,000 (£1,385) here in the UK, the bride’s chosen dress was actually a bargain.

But the groom didn’t think as much, saying that he couldn’t understand why so much money should be spent on a dress that would only be worn for one day.

He told other Reddit users that he’d done his research online to see where he could buy cheap wedding dresses and was surprised to find so many.

He said: “I tried to show her some dresses I found on a recommended app called Wish and others on websites but she was having none of it.”

And point blank refusing to splash the cash, despite the bride offering to buy it with the money she contributed herself – which seems like an easy fix.

The dispute ended with the bride leaving for her parents’ house after it turned nasty.

But things went from bad to worse when his bride-to-be came across his scathing post on the website – and he was forced to publicly apologise.

Shortly after the original post was shared a very, very awkward update was added to the bottom.

He revealed that his partner, Emma, had seen the thread he posted and so sent out a public apology.

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“Emma found this thread, it was a mistake to post here and I’m sorry I posted our problems on Reddit. I am the a**hole.”

His post attracted 3,000 comments – which pretty much all disagreed with him.

One person said: “You say you don’t want her to cheap out, but then you say you want her to buy a Sh 5000 – Sh 10,000 ($50-100) wedding dress.

Another added: “That’s cheap even for a regular dress.”

Safe to say he won’t be looking to buy her any dresses from Wish in the future!

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Why Uhuru loves the Barka Restaurant in Mombasa

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The Barka restaurant, a Swahili hotel serving mostly Coastal cuisine, has always been the place President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government VIPs go for lunch while in Mombasa.

It’s said to be his favorite.

On Thursday, Uhuru while in company of several government dignitaries arrived at the eatery and caught the hotel staffs and other guests without notice.

Hotel staffer Tiny Mzee said the abrupt visit forced the staff to request other guests in the VIP lounge to move to the common area and make room for the President.

On previous occasions, the hotel administration was notified in advance and given time to prepare.

The President’s protocol team would also arrive early and inspect the area and the food to be eaten by the head of state and his companions.

Why does the hotel attract VIPs?

The hotel in Old Town is a few metres from the Central police station and presumably the security of guests is guaranteed.

The hotel management says quality services and food has made them a preferred venue in the CBD area.

The management also said Barka is the only hotel where its guests, including the political class, are guaranteed privacy.

The eatery has three lounges, including a common lounge, a VIP lounge and a VVIP lounge.

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“Our taste has never changed, our services have remained the same and we have always maintained a clean environment,” a manager said.

Barka is one of the few places serving the majority, not all, the Swahili dishes.

Though the hotel is famous for its biryani and pilau, visitors can have a taste of other dishes rarely found in restaurants.

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Top Kenyan athlete runs away from doping testers

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A top Kenyan athlete ran away from anti-doping testers who had visited their training camp unannounced to take samples, a senior athletics authority official said, as the East African nation ramps up efforts to combat doping.

Kenya is famous for its long and middle-distance running prowess, but it has been caught up in a series of doping scandals over the last five years, a period over which around 60 of its athletes have been sanctioned for anti-doping violations.

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report in September 2018 said 138 Kenyan athletes tested positive from 2004 to August 2018.

Barnaba Korir, Athletics Kenya Executive Committee member, said a top athlete had escaped when anti-doping testers from the Athletics Integrity Unit visited their camp this week in Kapsabet, Nandi County in the country’s west.

“After testers introduced themselves and why they visited the camp, one athlete left as if to answer a call of nature only to jump through the window and over the fence,” Korir told Reuters by phone late on yesterday.

“They won’t escape from the tough measures put in place, however fast they run away and however long it takes.”

Korir declined to divulge more details and say whether or not the athlete being sought had won any international races.

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“He is a fairly well known athlete,” he said when asked for more details.

In the latest doping related case, the AIU said on its website on Tuesday it had issued a charge against Kenyan middle distance athlete Alfred Kipketer for what it said were whereabouts failures.

The AIU did not give any more details on the case. Kipketer was not immediately reachable for comment.

Under anti-doping regulations, athletes have to inform testing authorities of their whereabouts for a one-hour window of every day and three failures — not being present at the said time — within 12 months leads to an automatic ban.

In 2016, WADA put Kenya on its Category A list of nations on watch for anti-doping violations.

Kenya plans to impose criminal penalties – including possible jail terms – on athletes caught doping, and was preparing new laws to deal with this, its sports minister said in December.

Last week, the AIU provisionally suspended Wilson Kipsang, Kenyan former marathon world record holder for failing to report his whereabouts and tampering with samples.

Kipsang’s handlers denied the case involved use of doping and tampering with the doping test.

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